August 2012 Archive

Aug 29, 2012

Many people look forward to the long Labor Day weekend and the time they get to spend with family and friends at parties and picnics. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest times on the road for motorists, so I'd like to remind everyone not to drink and drive over the three-day weekend.

Aug 27, 2012

In the past couple of months there have been numerous cases of food poisoning and recalls associated with fruits, meats, vegetables, and other foods. While people may not typically consider these foods harmful, if they are contaminated with bacteria, consuming them could lead to serious illness.

Aug 24, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for two dietary supplements after receiving numerous reports about harmful side effects – including stroke and death.

Aug 23, 2012

Despite the fact that some progress has been made in reducing drunk driving, a new study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) depicts some troubling trends among drunk drivers.

Aug 23, 2012

It seems like we’re always hearing about food poisoning outbreaks in the news, and the past week has been no exception.

Over 200 people from more than 20 states, including Pennsylvania, have been sickened with Salmonella after they ate contaminated cantaloupes. At least 78 victims have been hospitalized, and two have died.

Aug 23, 2012

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two deaths, over 75 hospitalizations, and more than 200 cases of food poisoning have been linked to cantaloupes contaminated with Salmonella. So far, more than 20 states, including Pennsylvania, have reported patients infected with Salmonella Typhimurium since the outbreak began in July.

Aug 22, 2012

Millions of people across the country have been prescribed the blood thinner Pradaxa (Dabigatran) to treat an irregular heartbeat. Recently, thousands of adverse reports related to the drug have led to a multidistrict lawsuit against its manufacturer.

Aug 22, 2012

When it comes to school lunches, parents typically have concerns about the nutritional quality of cafeteria food, or whether or not their child will trade their healthy homemade lunches for junk food. Many parents aren't aware that they may put their children at risk for foodborne illnesses.

Aug 20, 2012

In the past year, two very important laws went into effect in Pennsylvania -- a ban on texting while driving and a new bicycle safety law. These new laws apply to everyone on the road, but as thousands of teenagers head back to school, it’s a good time to remind them about their responsibilities behind the wheel and on a bike. Young drivers are inexperienced, which means they must do everything in their power to be safe.

Aug 17, 2012

The new school year is right around the corner. A lot of you are probably in the middle of wrapping up summer plans and getting your kids ready for school. Don’t forget that in addition to picking out new clothes and backpacks, it's a good time to review some important safety information and share it with your children.

Aug 16, 2012

Only a week after an initial recall of nearly 200,000 cantaloupes, a North Carolina company is expanding its recall to include all of this growing season's cantaloupes and honeydew melons, because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Aug 16, 2012

Two recent fatal bicycle accidents have spurred debate between bicycle safety advocates and some motorists who believe bicyclists are to blame for most accidents. While many people agree that drivers and cyclists must share the road and follow the new Pennsylvania bicycle safety law, the issue of who’s to blame for crashes remains a hot topic of discussion.

Aug 15, 2012

Four million Bumbo baby seats have been recalled after reports of dozens of injuries, including skull fractures, according to Bumbo International Trust and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Aug 10, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a study on the dangers children face in the home because of unsafe furniture. In recent years, thousands of kids have been injured or killed due to toppling furniture.

Aug 09, 2012

The vast majority of children are not properly restrained in car seats or booster seats, according to a new study. This is despite the fact that safety seats can reduce the risk of death in a car accident by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.

Aug 07, 2012

After a five-year decline, pedestrian fatalities are on the rise again. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 4,300 pedestrians died after being hit by a car in 2010, a four percent increase from 2009.

Aug 02, 2012

Less than a week after a man was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike on Penn Avenue in Point Breeze, another bicyclist was struck by a motorist in the same block.

Aug 02, 2012

The city’s biggest bicycle event, Bike PGH’s BikeFest, will begin on Sunday and run through August 19. Every year, thousands of bikers gather for BikeFest to participate in over 50 rides and activities throughout our beautiful city.

Aug 01, 2012

Eight years after a 6-month-old baby died, over 200,000 strollers are being recalled because of new evidence of strangulation risks. The infant suffocated when his head became trapped between the seat and the tray of his stroller.

Jul 31, 2012

I'm happy to announce that a number of attorneys at my law firm have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC). The Best Lawyers honor is based on exhaustive peer review surveys that included over 4.4 million votes from attorneys around the country.